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Mariatrost Basilica, Graz

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The Baroque Mariatrost Basilica on top of the Purberg hill in Mariatrost, a district of Graz, is one of the most famous pilgrimage sites of Styria in Austria.The pilgrimage church stands prominently on top of the Purberg hill (469 m) in the northeast of Graz. It can be reached using the 200 or more steps of the Angelus stair. The basilica is classified as a Baroque building. Two front towers (61 m) and a dome, visible from a great distance, are the characteristic attributes of the church, which is enclosed by two projecting wings of a former monastery once occupied by the Pauline Fathers (1708–86) and later by the Franciscans (1842–1996).The building was begun in 1714 by Andreas Stengg and his son Johann Georg Stengg and finished in 1724. The pulpit by Veit Königer (1730/31) is the masterpiece of the furnishings. The frescoes on the ceiling by Lukas von Schram and Johann Baptist Scheidt are of particular importance.The main altar includes a statue of the Madonna originally created in the Gothic period around 1465, but altered to the Baroque style in 1695 by Bernhard Echter.
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  • We caught the No 1 tram and linked bus to the base of the Church. Very easy from Graz. The climb up the 260 steps is a little tough for some people which we noticed. The Basilica is beautiful outside ...  more »
  • The eighteenth-century basilica, overlooking a Valley and is just outside Graz, is a well-known place of pilgrimage and an ideal venue for weddings. The Church, of Baroque style, has an apse, while the Interior is frescoed with a gold and marble pulpit of great value! Recommend a visit only if your stay is a few days, otherwise go to the Centre of Graz.
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  • The Basilica, which is worth seeing. The building situated among the mountains. Around a lot of straganow where everyone will find for themselves, some sort of pamiatke with.
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  • Peaceful church in peaceful and beautiful place.
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  • Play the pilgrim to visit this lovely church at the top of a challenging set of stairs. Worth the trek for the restful ambience and great view over the surrounding countryside.
  • Beautiful place of worship. One of the most famous churches in Styria
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  • wonderful Basilica. Art. Good choir
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